Dancing outside of the box

I don’t usually do New Years’ Resolutions, but two weeks into 2010, I made a decision: 2010 is my year to stop talking about what I want to do and to actually start doing it, particularly in the arts and humanities. My first project: Start dancing.

While I’ve been immersed in music my whole life, I’ve always found dancing fun and have always wanted to take lessons. However, the fact that I couldn’t hide behind an instrument or choir folder completely intimidated me, so most of my dancing happened behind closed doors in my room where I taught myself vintage N*Sync and Britney Spears dances. (The choreography for “Oops I Did It Again” is forever ingrained in my head.) Even now, getting onto the dance floor at a wedding is out of the question — unless the DJ’s spinning songs with built-in choreography, like “Achy Breaky Heart” or “Thriller.”

So in my new “just do it” spirit of 2010, I’ve started taking hip-hop dance classes at Joy of Motion’s Bethesda location and even attended a master class during Dance Bethesda. I also go swing dancing occasionally at Glen Echo Park with friends I’ve made at a zumba class. And I’m even thinking about joining my newfound hip-hop dance friends in taking ballet classes to learn how to control movement.

See the girl with the teal sweats? That's me at a hip-hop master class during Dance Bethesda! Courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership

Sure, I look a bit awkward and I’m learning to move in different ways than I’m used to (I’m not that great at following while swing dancing, and watching me try to do a wave in hip-hop is LOL-worthy), but I’ve finally summoned the courage to try something I’ve always wanted to – and I’m having fun. And maybe, just maybe, I can get better at it.

The swing dancing crowd at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

What about you? What classes or activities have you always wanted to try but have never summoned up the courage to?

Need a starting point? Check out the Classes and Workshops category on DOandGO.org!

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